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Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Upcoming Professional Learning


Past Professional Learning

Upcoming Professional Learning

Upcoming LDA Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

The Biennial 2017 joint Conference for Learning Difficulties hosted by SPELD LSTAQ (Learning Support Teachers' Association Queensland) and LDA  


Brisbane 16th-17th September 2017.
Featuring keynote presentations by :
Professor Suzanne Carrington - Developing inclusive and ethical school culture and 
Professor Shelly Dole - Counting all children in: differentiating in the mathematics classroom.

To register please visit http://www.lstaq.asn.au/conferences/

Why teachers of English spelling need to be experts in the sounds of speech.

Presented by Dr Bartek Rajkowski

Date: Sunday 22 October 2017
Time: 9.30 – 11.45  Registration from 8.45
Venue: Treacy Centre – 126 The Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne

Cost: $50. LDA Members, $65. Non-members

Arrival coffee/tea and closing refreshment will be provided

Have you ever told a student that a word is spelled a certain way because English is weird? Do you sometimes struggle to find an explanation for the spelling of a word?  In this workshop, Dr. Bartek Rajkowski will convince you that written English has an undeserved reputation for being illogical! He will explain why English words are spelled the way they are, and why teaching kids to read and spell requires us to be experts in understanding the relationship between English speech sounds and spelling.

Click here for further details
Click here to register online
Click here to download registration form.

Note: Directly after the presentation there will be a half hour LDA Consultants’ meeting


Other Conferences and Research Seminars

This section provides a listing of non-LDA Conferences. Research Seminars and other professional learning opportunities of relevance to the area of learning difficulties. All external events are publicised at LDA's discretion, but LDA accepts no responsibility for their value or the evidence base of what may be promoted.

Dyscalculia and Dyslexia: What's the denominator?

Hobart, Tasmania October 7th 2017 with Masterclasses being held the day before, October 6th 2017.
Speakers include Prof Steve Chinn (UK) Judy Horngold (UK) Bill Hansbury and Sarah Asmone (SA & Vic) Mandy Nayton, and Rosalie Martin.
For further information Click here.

Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties Workshops
Logan 27th October 2017 and Brisbane 2 November 2017

The Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties Workshop is an event for teachers, teacher's aides, speech therapists and parents looking for a deeper understanding and evidence-based techniques to help their children or students.

 The one-day workshop is limited to 30 attendees to ensure deep level learning. 

The workshop includes Q&A time to give attendees the opportunity to learn from each other and ask personalised questions. All attendees have the opportunity to join the IES online forum for ongoing mentoring and Q&A. 

 The sessions will focus on theory, tactics, and techniques to help children overcome reading difficulty and to love reading.  Click here for further information.

The Australian Dyslexia Course

Presented by Michelle Hutchison and Daryl Greaves this is a Professional Development Opportunity 

You will be empowered with a deep understanding of Specific Learning Disorders with a focus on Dyslexia. You will have a handle on all of the latest in international research.You will be equipped with practical approaches and teaching strategies. These reasonable adjustments and specific teaching techniques you will be able to use straight away!

Click here for more information and dates.

 PLD Literacy and Learning

Schedules seminars across Australia as well as short online courses.
To register please go to  https://pld-literacy.org/seminars/

SPELD PD events

See individual state SPELD websites for information regarding relevant PD in the area of learning difficulties in each state.
For State SPELD contact details go to http://auspeld.org.au/state-associations

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Past Professional Learning

Past Professional Learning Events, 2017

August 2017, Professor Maryanne Wolf returned to Australia with LDA in Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide

From the Lab to the Classroom: New Directions in Dyslexia Research

LDA was again honoured to host Professor Maryanne Wolf, internationally acclaimed reading researcher, Director of the Center for Reading and Language and Associate Professor Child Development at Tufts University , who presented some of the most transformative studies in neuroscience-based research on dyslexia in the past two years, highlighting the translation of findings into insights for the classroom.

The half day Sydney session was in conjunction with SPELD NSW.

The Perth Session also featured Dr Wolf was joined by: Dr Lorraine Hammond, President of LDA, Senior Lecturer and Researcher School of Education Edith Cowan Universityand Ray Boyd, Principal West Beechboro Primary School, and, Jared Bussell and Jordan O’Sullivan, Dawson Park Primary School

What’s working in WA schools to prevent and support students at risk of literacy based learning difficulties

The Adelaide Session, Supported by the SA Department for Education and Child Development and in conjunction with SPELD SA and Dyslexia SAalso featured: Dr Lorraine Hammond, President of LDA, Senior Lecturer and Researcher School of Education Edith Cowan University

How to change teachers’ practice to better support students at risk of literacy based learning difficulties


LDA & SPELD Vic presented:

Navigating VCE with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD) 
With Kristin Anthian, on 31 May 2017 at Swinburne University, Hawthorn, Vic
This PD provided an overview to assist students with SLD, including dyslexia on how best to manage their journey through VCE

Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana - 16 May 2017 The Hills Grammar School, Sydney

Leaving Nothing to Chance: How Explicit Learning can prevent early literacy difficulties

This practical seminar for Prep-Year 2 teachers, literacy co-ordinators and administrators, will present and demonstrate how Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage by not making assumptions about which skills and knowledge children may acquire on their own, the planning of instructional sequences, the challenges for schools, and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling.

click here for details
click here for Research Foundation and Reference list.


Professor Maryanne Wolf to present in September 2016

LDA is honoured to host Professor Maryanne Wolf in Australia, a unique opportunity for teachers, speech pathologists, psychologists, researchers and policy makers to hear such an acclaimed researcher who has significantly contributed to our understanding of the neurological underpinning of the reading brain and whose theoretical perspective has led to practical interventions which have assisted thousands of students who struggle with reading.

Professor Wolf will present on the following dates:
Brisbane Friday 2 September - This event is now closed.
Sydney Wednesday 7 September - This event is now closed.
Melbourne Friday 9 September  - This event is now closed 

Leaving Nothing to Chance - How Explicit Instruction can prevent early literacy difficulties.

This event is now closed.

Presented by Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana

Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage when learning to read. This approach leaves nothing to chance and does not make assumptions about skills and knowledge that children will acquire on their own. In Australia, the National Inquiry into Teaching Literacy (2005) recommended the importance of systematic, direct and explicit phonics instruction so that children master the essential alphabetic code-breaking skills required for foundational reading proficiency. In Western Australia, Louden (2015) investigated high performing primary schools in socially disadvantaged suburbs and found that these schools taught synthetic phonics in the early years in an explicit, systematic and direct way. With many schools in Australia introducing an explicit approach to literacy, this practical seminar will outline the challenges for schools, what’s involved in planning instructional sequences and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing and spelling in the early years.


Past Conferences, Seminars & Workshops

Past Professional Learning Events, 2017

Past Professional Learning Events. 2016

Past Professional Learning Events. 2015

Past Professional Learning Events, 2014

Past Professional Learning Events, 2013

Victorian Workshops 2012

Sir Jim Rose visit 2009

Past Conferences 1996-2008

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